In your opinion, what is the best book ever written?


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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

Geez ! So many ! Always loved this one ! This other one is almost as good ! Great reads!

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Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
I read so many books that I can't keep track !
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I loved the book but only watched half the movie. October, that is. I thought they stuffed the characters.
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
Yes, they did. If they made that movie today and by the book, it would be great ! Cinematography was horrible.
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Didge Doo answered

It's a very personal judgement, isn't it, Charles?

Let's rule out anything Shakespeare wrote, right at the beginning. Why? They're just a collection of old clich├ęs! I mean, "All that glitters is not gold," or "Dead as a doornail," or "Truth will out" have been done to death. Couldn't he have come up with something original?

We'd have to rule out the Bible, too. It's far too violent and would frighten kids to death. It's all about a malevolent God who sent plagues on Egypt, who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, who chucked a wobbly and flooded the entire planet, and who then demands that we all love him or we'll burn in Hell forever. Scary stuff.

Somebody once asked Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) how he'd compare his work to that of the great writers and he said, "Their work is like fine wine and compared to that my work is only like water." Then I can imagine that he grinned before adding, "But everybody drinks water." So if Sam won't claim greatness for himself I can't foist it on him, even though we can all agree he deserves it."

So your old Uncle Didge's nomination for the greatest book ever written? The Collected Works of Hans Christian Anderson. His stories have delighted children for almost 200 years and have undoubtedly influenced the values we accepted as adults.

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Charles Davis
Charles Davis commented
Oh wow, not where I thought it was going, but excellent choice.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Not serious, of course, but how can you pick just one?
Charles Davis
Charles Davis commented
I'm sure some can and some cannot. There's not anything wrong with multiple choices, well at least for me.
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Ray Dart answered

"Going Postal" by Terry Pratchett

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I knew you'd opt for Pratchett. I haven't read him. Gotta do that one of these days.
Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
Unusually for me, I've read it several times, I find something new in there every time. I'm not making comparisons, that would be silly - but that usually only happens with Shakespeare.

There are other Pratchett books that I admire, but GP has it all. Spooks, Magic, a revenge plot, a love story, a re-habilitation, a hero, several villains. There is even reference (in a particularly Pratchett sort of way) to the internet and e-mail.
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Cookie Roma answered

Too many to name the very best.  Can never go wrong with anything and everything by Jane Austen. 

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